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EN's political editor remembers his friend, Anthony H Wilson

“They’ve asked me to do your show, is that OK?” It was Tony Wilson on the line exactly a year ago. He was referring to a BBC offer that he should succeed me in presenting the “The Politics Show North West”, following my decision to leave the programme.

Gordon Brown promised to hit the ground running, and his first few weeks saw ministerial announcements nearly every day.

We’ve even had the Queen’s Speech four months before the State Opening of Parliament. One was not amused!

There was a time when it seemed a constituency in the North East was a passport to the Cabinet. There were Byers, Milburn, Mandelson and, of course, Tony Blair. Remember him?

How good a prime minister would I make?

I ask because I’ve decided to do a bit of Government construction for Gordon Brown out of the talent pool of Labour MPs in the North West. You may well be reading this after he’s made his choice, so you can compare his judgement with mine. But no matter, it’s time for a stocktake of our local Labour talent anyway.

  • Kathryn Parsons, co-founder of Decoded, started with little more than faith and determination, but four years later it’s grown into a global business. Ahead of her appearance at Accelerate 2015 in...

  • Author, writer and marketer Ryan Holiday on how entrepreneurs need to interpret failure.

  • Sue Vizard, business coach and author of Jump Start: The Start-up Book for Your Dream Business, looks at some of the questions solo entrepreneurs should ask themselves.

  • Ian Wright, founder and chief executive of, is bringing together SMEs and NEDs - without the hefty recruitment fees.

  • Former professional golfer turned entrepreneur Colin Stevens has had a busy 18 months. The Better Bathrooms founder has increased turnover at the firm, secured a multi-million pound investment and...

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David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.